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"Before Brazil, Gripen was an aircraft looking for a market. Now it is a market looking for Gripen. And we can see that in many ways — it has really changed with Brazil. It is more global. It has changed the way we communicate," says Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab aeronautics, at a recent Press Tour.

According to a Defense News report, the FX2 programme reached a new level after Saab’s announcement of jointly producing most of Gripen NG parts in Brazil with the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer under a technology transfer agreement.

Mr. Nilsson mentions that Saab’s order backlog is at an all-time high. Starting this year, Saab will also offer the MS20 upgrade to Gripen C/D operators, which includes capabilities like MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile.

"The addition of Meteor air-to-air capability makes Gripen the most formidable counter-air platform in service," says Jerker Ahlqvist, Saab Gripen's vice president for business area aeronautics. The missile will become operational with Swedish Air Force Gripens in 2016.

Last month, Saab came up with MK4, a technologically advanced version of the renowned PS-05/A radar which gives Gripen C/D an improved performance and operating range.

Saab is also developing the naval version of Gripen NG: Sea Gripen. 

"Sea Gripen is part of the technology transfer agreement with Brazil," Nilsson said, and a study will be done. "We're in early discussions for Sea Gripen, but we'll have to see where it goes. It will probably be about 2025 before the Brazilians decide what to do."

Alexander Galante of Aereo.jor.br explores the Gripen NG cockpit at the recently held LAAD 2015 Defense Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The cockpit for Gripen NG, being developed for the Brazilian Air Force, has a Wide Area Display. The Gripen model at LAAD 2015 shows three large displays, which is based on the current Gripen C/D’s design. 

“Taking into account that is a mock-up, the cockpit looked comfortable and the WAD display should really make a difference when you have a lot of information and you need to select the most important in short time and decide what do,’ writes Galante.

Image Courtesy: Aereo.jor.br

Saab is honored to be able to present to the Brazilian public for the first time ever, a full scale Gripen NG at LAAD 2015 Defense Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. This is as close as it gets. Have a look at the Gripen NG model! 

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Saab and the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, through the Aeronautics Command (COMAER), have signed a contract for Gripen NG weapon acquisition. The total order value is approximately USD 245 million. The order is expected to be booked by Saab during the second half of 2015. 

The weapon acquisition contract includes weapon deliveries by Saab and suppliers which have been selected by the customer, for the Brazilian Gripen aircraft. The weapon deliveries will be made in relation to deliveries of the Gripen NG aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.

Read the full story here.

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Saab’s South African facilities, Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), has emerged as a global EW player according to a report in Defence Web.

Saab SGD’s orders include delivery of microwave components for the antennas and electronic warfare components of the Gripen fighter jet for the international market, says the report. These parts are currently being assembled for Gripen fighters at SGD’s facilities in Centurion outside Pretoria.

SGD, the largest Saab subsidiary outside of Sweden, was built in the 1990s. Saab invested in SGD as a part of the offset requirements which were integral to the Gripen South Africa contract.

As per Chris Skinner, head of marketing and sales at SGD, Saab backing has helped position the company for increased international export sales tremendously and the company today has turnover in excess of a billion rand a year and employs 700-800 people. 80-90% of this revenue is from foreign orders.

Read the full story: Saab Grintek Defence growing as global EW player

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Selex ES has bagged a Skyward-G Infrared Search and Track (IRST) production contract and a BriteCloud milestone for Gripen E combat aircraft, reports IHS Jane's​.

As a part of this contract, Selex will deliver 60 Skyward-G infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for Swedish Air Force’s Gripen E combat fighters.

IRST’s sensor sits on top of the nose, just in front of the canopy, and looks forward in a wide sector registering heat emissions from other aircraft, helicopters and from objects on the ground and sea surface. 

Selex ES also announced that it has conducted deployment trials of its BriteCloud expendable active decoy from the Gripen. 

Selex ES will provide 30% of the Gripen E's electronics, with other systems besides the Skyward-G IRST and BriteCloud EAD comprising the ES Raven ES-05 AESA radar, and Mode 5 identification friend-or-foe system, the report says.​

Read the full story here​

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"We are looking forward to welcoming Brazilian engineers to Sweden," says Lennart Sindahl, Deputy CEO, Saab at the recently held LAAD 2015. 

The Brazil Gripen deal includes extensive industrial cooperation, particularly when it comes to technology transfer, and autumn 2015 marks the beginning of this cooperation when approximately 350 Brazilians will be coming to Saab’s facility in Linköping, Sweden for an on-the-job training.

The training includes practical experience in Gripen development, training and production, and will continue for a number of years, after which the Brazilian experts will return to their homeland gradually. During this phase, Saab employees will accompany them to build up operations in Brazil.

Throwing some light on the technology transfer commitment, Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil says that it includes development, production and maintenance.

“The main aim is to train up Brazil’s own industry so that it will eventually be able to maintain its own fleet of Gripen aircraft and also develop its own future technology,” Almquist says.

Read the full story here.

​Saab had a busy week at LAAD 2015, held at the Riocentro exhibition centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week.

A full scale model of Gripen NG, which was presented to the Brazilian public for the first time, grabbed everyone's attention at the event.

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The Saab stand at LAAD 2015
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Swedish Gripen pilots meet Brazilian Air Force pilots

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Officials of Brazilian Aeronautics with the Gripen NG full scale model

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Brazilian Navy officials at Saab stand

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Brazilian cadet Corps of Aeronautics

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Following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 11 July 2014, Saab and Embraer recently signed an agreement that establishes a partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force. 

The partnership agreement is part of Saab’s commitment to deliver industrial co-operation in relation to the F-X2 project. Under this agreement, Embraer will have a leading role in the overall programme performance of the programme. Embraer will also undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single- and two-seat versions of the Gripen NG, Brazil’s next-generation fighter jet.

Embraer will be responsible for extensive work packages in systems development, integration, flight test, final assembly and aircraft deliveries. Embraer will also participate in the coordination of all development and production activities in Brazil. Furthermore, Embraer and Saab will be jointly responsible for the complete development of the two-seat version of the Gripen NG.

Beginning in the second half of 2015, a team of Embraer engineers and technicians will be based in Sweden to conduct initial training in the maintenance and development work for the Gripen NG. This skill and competence will subsequently be transferred to Brazil.

Embraer and Saab will build an Engineering Centre at Embraer's industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo, to support operations of the Gripen NG fighters with the Brazilian Air Force.

“With this agreement, Embraer and Saab establish a long-term partnership on a strategic project for Brazil and for the Brazilian Air Force,” ...

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For the first time in Brazil, Saab will display, at LAAD 2015, a full scale model of Gripen NG, representing the aircraft that will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force.

A Gripen NG cockpit simulator will also be on the stand. Saab will highlight its Sea Gripen concept for a new multi-role shipborne fighter as well.

Besides Gripen NG and Sea Gripen, Saab would have products like AviCom communications management system, with simulator, Erieye airborne surveillance system and Ground combat weapon systems on display at the event.

LAAD International Defense and Security Exhibition is being held at Riocentro - Exhibition & Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from April 14 to 17. Meet Saab at the main stand Q20 or Saab outdoor arena L125.

Read more about Saab’s participation at the event here.

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